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Bahrain slammed over death penalty legisation

Law enforcing death penalty for disclosing state secrets criticised by rights group.

Proposed legislation enforcing the death penalty for people found guilty of disclosing state secrets and documents to rival nations has been condemned by a leading human rights group in Bahrain.

The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) slammed Bahrain's parliament for including the death sentence in new legislation despite international denunciation of the punishment, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Sunday.

“Lawmakers should keep up with international trends while drafting their legislation as many countries are fighting to scrap the death penalty in their outdated laws, while here we are reimposing it,” Faisal Fulad, BHRWS member and MP, was quoted as saying.

“Killing people cannot be justified as those with massive crimes could be sentenced to life imprisonment because life and death are granted by God only.”

Every human being had the right to live even those who were disloyal to their state as emphasised by the International Declaration for Human Rights, he noted.